"Rear Window", Alfred Hitchcock's 1954 film, is based upon a short story by Cornell Woolrich. It was Woolrich's 1942 story "It Had to Be Murder" which served as the actual source for the Hitchcock movie "Rear Window". This work itself was based upon H.G. Wells' short story "Through a Window".

Cornell Woolrich (1903 - 1968) was a commercially successful novelist, screenplay writer, and fantasy fiction writer. Many of his tales were transposed to radio, television, and film versions, including Hitchcock's popular "Rear Window " and two of Francois Truffaut's films: "The Bride Wore Black" (1968) and "Mississippi Mermaid" (1969), based on Woolrich's "Waltz Into Darkness" (1947).

Born in December 1903 in New York City, New York, Cornell George Hopley-Woolrich, aka Cornell Woolrich, lived for 64 years until he died in 1968 in New York City. Besides his given name, he also as a writer used the names William Irish and George Hopley. He was very proud of the fact that Columbia University was his Alma Mater. He bequeathed his estate of about $850,000 to Columbia University to endow scholarships in his mother's memory for writing students. Woolrich had his body interred in the Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale, New York.

More Info: en.wikipedia.org